In a fantasy football league, the most valuable asset is the team owner’s ability to know when to buy players who are on the cusp of breaking out, and knowing when to cut loose a player who is about to go into decline. Much like the real world stock market, making the wrong decisions sometime can lead to cataclysmic consequences. If you are in a league where you can unload or load up on some of these players, do so!
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (Owned in 16 percent of leagues)
While he is obviously not owned in many leagues, if you happen to play in a 12- or 16-team league, you might have him, and if you do … sell him. He has had three pretty good outings, but I can’t in good faith keep believing in Joe Flacco. He plays in a mediocre offense with mediocre receivers. Make no mistake – there will come a week where you will need him to go the extra mile and turn it on and he won’t.
Mike Davis, Seattle (Owned in 0.1 percent of leagues)
It’s not often that I recommend this, but being so early in the season I have to. IMMEDIATELY go to your waiver wire, win Mike Davis, offer him to your whole league for some bye week filler or table scraps. The running back situation in Seattle is murky at best and with Chris Carson out, Seattle MIGHT use Davis some more, but when he comes down it’s a total quandary. I don’t believe in any situation that Davis becomes the permanent bell cow, especially with Rashaad Penny waiting in the wings.
Calvin Ridley, Atlanta (Owned in 82 percent of leagues)
Calvin Ridley is ON FIRE. But if you really dig into his stats, his points are mainly coming from touchdowns. That makes for a very very risky play. There will come weeks that the defense holds Atlanta out of the end zone, or weeks where Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu or the running backs get the touchdowns. I just can’t start a receiver every week whose score is dependent on TDs alone. It is also possible in the coming weeks, he turns out to be a more consistent target, but at this point with such little to go on, he’s a sell high.
Jesse James, Pittsburgh (Owned in 18 percent of leagues)
Not sure how many people own Jesse James, but if you’re one of them, get rid of him. He had a great start to his season, but Vance McDonald has since come on the map and now looks to be Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite tight end. And even if that’s not the case, you’re still looking at a 50/50 situation, not something I would want if I played in a 12- or lower person league, I could easily sell him for someone who is on the field for the majority of snaps.
Individual Defensive Player (IDP)
T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh (Owned in 19 percent of leagues)
Sticking with “Selling the Pittsburgh Steelers,” T.J. Watt is another name I would be looking to move off of my roster. Watt has had a pretty weak start to the season and originally I had high hopes for him and told a lot of people to go for him since Ryan Shazier would not be playing this year, I really expected Watt to step up. It would seem that while Watt may have talent, he does not have that J.J. Watt level talent that a lot of people were hoping that he would. Sell him while you can use his last name to your advantage and get a more consistent linebacker.